“Slightly bland, lacking attitude, character, and characters.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

Olympics 2012, BBC channels

“The BBC coverage has been excellent, slick and professional, ticked all the boxes; but it’s also slightly bland, lacking attitude, character, and characters.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

The Midwives, BBC2

“The Midwives couldn’t more conspicuously be an ‘us too’ commission if they’d called it ‘One Born Every Two Minutes’.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“If inspiration-starved TV producers keep on bombarding us with identical assemblies of babies being born, it might, indeed, be the end of the story because we’ll start to lose interest.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

Networks of Power with Sir Christopher Meyer, Sky Atlantic

“Meyer schmoozed with some of the city’s power-brokers and came to no very revealing conclusion, apart from the fact that quite a lot of what goes on in that city goes on under the table.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

Lost Children, Channel 4

“I’ve always had a measure of skepticism about ADD and ADHD, wondering if they are simply excuses for a rubbish upbringing. After watching Courtney’s story, I wasn’t so sure.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

Half Built House, Channel 5

“I was relieved to see that, for once, it was a woman to blame for this week’s Half Built House.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express